I’m finally setting up my new website. But for me, it’s more than just a website. Really the next stage of my whole legal practice–finally the way I want it to be will be here. This blog and site will be the anchor for all I’m doing.
And what is it that I’m doing? As a family lawyer, my job is fairly well-defined and almost technical. People come to me to understand their legal rights, obligations, and options. They need me to help them with legal processes and court paperwork. Oftentimes they need someone to go to court to speak for them.
This work is personally very intellectually satisfying and, when going to court, can be exciting, even exhilarating at times.
But those are selfish rewards. It may be fun for me to dive into the intricacies of the Family Code (yes, I’m kind of a legal geek at heart) or to feed my ego by being on stage in court (assuming the judge isn’t doing her best to undermine said ego).
But I deliberately chose to work in this area of law because of the impact its substance and process can have on individuals and families. I’ve seen first hand both how destructive the legal system can be and how restorative it can be, depending on how you show up in it.
It’s a human system staffed and operated by human actors, so from my perspective the most pivotal factor is not the process, the law, or the system, even if those things can trip you up if you don’t know what you’re doing.
What matters is how I, as an officer of the court, show up in that process. What matters is how I work with my clients. What matters is how I work with the opposing counsel or the other party. What matters is that I do all I can to help your kids thrive at the end of this thing.
And at the end of the day, what matters most is the new you and your new, re-arranged family, long after the judgment has been rendered. What we do today will dramatically impact tomorrow.
It’s my privilege to help my clients navigate both the legal processes and the personal transformation.
(Photo by Sebastian Arie Voortman.)